First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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dr. just cut me off of a 40 pill every 90 days script b/c I quote "he doesn't want to get involved in anything like that". coerced under duress by our fine government.. f^ktards!
This MUST be said.....if our Big Brother government truly believes that this is gonna deter the death toll and illegal use and abuse of this drug then the parties responsible for implementing this law have to be, without a doubt, the BIGGEST bunch of MORONIC IDIOTS to ever walk this planet!!!!! How in the name of all things holy is this going to fix a bloody thing? I'll tell you..... IT WONT!!!!! Not only have they NOT fixed a problem but our 'we know best' screwed up government have created what will soon be evident HORRIFIC backlash that I can only PRAY the number of suicides will haunt each and every person responsible for every day they draw a breath.
have been treated for FMS and CFS pain meds for 27yrs never ever abused. Now what my life is not worth it like this. i didnt ask for being in pain day in and day out for over half my life. i have had no life and even when i stop for over a yr i am still not normal and in pain and not living a life, i am desprite
I have had back surgery. I had an MRI done and it showed an irregularity. My doctor Joseph Marotta MD in San Antonio treated me for 4 years almost 5. He started me on hydrocodone then as an alternative for long-term control switch to methadone. In May of 2014 I had an abscess and went to the dentist he did oral surgery. He wrote me a prescription for 20 hydrocodone pills. Following my next doctor's appointment I was discharged from my doctor because the DEA coerced and implemented constraints upon his practice. Since then I'm thing and I lost my job twice.the DEA has a website in Texas under the name of DPS website. It muncher everyone who feels a schedule 3 or schedule 2 prescription. This information is at every hospital in major Dr office in Texas. This HIPAA information is in the hands of the DEA to control and manage care for United States citizens
The new hydrocodone laws moving from schedule 3 to schedule 2 doesn't do anything but make the drugs higher priced on the streets. The addicts will just have to rob and steal more causing crime rates to rise. Addicts will get their fixes, one way or another. Ignorant law makers passing laws about something they know nothing about, just as usual.
The new hydrocodone laws moving from schedule 3 to schedule 2 doesn't do anything but make the drugs higher priced on the streets. The addicts will just have to rob and steal more causing crime rates to rise. Addicts will get their fixes, one way or another. Ignorant law makers passing laws about something they know nothing about, just as usual.
I did not ask for, nor do I require, a "Pain Manager"! This is just another excuse to bill me and my insurance for unnecessary tests, office visits, etc. All I need is my prescriptions filled and no interlopers!
I too was severely injured at a young age (20). I had someone fall into me knocking me off balance on to a second story balcony railing. the railing gave with the weight of both of us and I along with the other person on top of me landed on the hood of a car. I broke the fall and inturn suffered sever joint and disc damage L4 L5 compressed disc fracture . I damaged my right hip and suffered a fracture in my pelvis, i severly damaged 2 discs in my neck L1 & L2 , concussion etc etc. I was unable to seek proper medical help and ended up not going to a doctor for nearly 10 years. the whole time I carried around severe pain. then as if that wasnt enough I suffered a motorcycle accident and i landed on my head sending the helmet flying off my head and doing more severe damage to my neck L1 L2 again and major tendon muscle damage I also damaged my right hip again in that accident. I took it like a man and suffered for 15 years before I broke down and went to the doctor. ( i had lost several jobs and had become unreliable as an employee because I hurt so bad I couldn't get out of bed most of the time. I have let almost all of my dreams disappear due to the pain and anxiety caused by these injuries. I finally got MRI's CAT scans and X rays after i lost everything i had and ended up going to the free clinic because the next step was offing myself. well after all the examinations I have been given Injections and tried every NON narcotic pain killing method with No positive results. Enter the pain management Clinic and a wonder drug called Fentynal. I put a patch on and 5hours later (after 15 years of suffering mind you) I feel minimal pain(i'm a realist my pain will never be completely gone) and im able to be around people and tolerate others. I go out a few days later, get a job, buy insurance , start living a normal life again!!! all because of Opiate medicine!!! when i dont have it , I am right back in the gutter thinking about how life sucks!! Long story short..I am now employed , insured, back in school , learning a new career in welding and electronics. WITHOUT MY MEDICINE I CANT BE PRODUCTIVE IN SOCIETY!! AND IT ****ES ME OFF TO NO END THAT SOME GROUP OF LAWMAKERS OR GOVERNMENT AGENTS (ALL VERY WEALTHY IM SURE) MAY TAKE MY ABILITY TO FUNCTION NORMALLY AWAY BECAUSE OF DRUG ADDICTS AND DEALERS .) There are far more people benefiting from these drugs than abusing them! Just because the media reports every single negative aspect and not one single positive aspect ! And when i go to the clinic i have to have my pills counted and **** in a cup and fork out the few hard earned dollars i have in order to prove im not an abuser. Its a sad time in humanity my fellow pain suffers! I cant help that i got severely injured , and I dont necessarily like being dependent on opiates...BUT IT BEATS THE ALTERNATIVE!!!!! WE MUST BOND TOGETHER IN OUR AGONY AND FIGHT THIS NONSENSE!!! KEEP A PAIN JOURNAL, record yourself with and without your meds ..There are far bett
**** THE D.E.A. may you writhe in pain ****ers!!!
I live in rural south dakota and have a" legitimate "pain condition. I say it like that because if doctors see any untraceable pain they assume you are lyng on an x ray you can see my condition clear as day thank God. My doctor REFUSES to write schedule 2 drugs. I have been on hydrocodone for 4 years. I am 28 so it was near impossible to find a doctor who did not think I was "drug seeking" with this change I have been told that I will get one month of medication to "taper" with and then off I go!! I am a single mom of a 5 year old and a buisness owner. I fear I will not be able to work I do not want to end up on disability. Thanks alot all you losers who snort and inject pain medication and the damn
DEA instilling thr fear of God into doctors. SeriouslyI mean what the f***??!! What am I supposed to do now? Taken the same dose for 4 years so I can get out of bed and get a child to school and run store. I guess my 5 other employees will lose their jobs.. I will lose my car and house (cant make my payments if I dont work) that I worked my butt off for. If I did not have a child I would probably consider suicide which I have a feeling others in my position are already thinking or have done this. Nice job guys... do no harm.... MAYBE save one addict while 20 other people suffer and stop contributing to society and wither away. And no.. welfare is not an option. I was taught to be self sufficient.... thank God for my child and my service dog to help with some of the burdens .. shes going to have to learn a few new tricks around the house! Stay strong everyone!
I've suffered with chronic joint and muscle pain for over 20 years. The pain medications help me get through work and allow me to have a better quality of life. This is in combination with chiropractic, massage and accupuncture therapy. I can't afford to see my doctor every month to get a prescription refill. Please demand that these changes be overturned. There has to be another way to curb the abuse. You are messing with hard working peoples lives that just want to work and not go on disability. Thank you
I have degenerative bone disease in my neck along with arthritis which gives me headaches everyday. The pain meds makes it tolerable so I can be productive in my job . Not sure how I will be able to without, leave the doctors alone!!!!!
This is the largest travesty in MANY years in modern medicine......a giant step BACKWARD!!! The saddest part is that this does't truly affect the addicts.....it affects people who are truly suffering every day; we don't specifically WANT to be on a strong narcotic but we need them just to be able to tolerate basic living......showering, going to the grocery store, getting dressed, combing our hair/brushing teeth..........since when did our legislators/citizens decide that it is acceptable for the FDA/government to get between a Dr and their Patient?????? These Dr's have seen most of us for YEARS and yet the gov't decides that THEY know better what is good for us.........where did they go to school that their power should over-rule our Dr's????? I would MUCH rather NOT need narcotics.......more than anything-I wish I didn't need them for daily living.....if I don't have them.....I can't get out of bed to use the bathroom, can't brush my hair or teeth, can't get dressed, can't go to parent/teacher conference annually......some days, I can't WALK or roll over in bed without narcotics........I am NOT "drug seeking" or requesting my physicians give me narcotics.....I am seeking whatever I can get to have a minimal quality of life all because I hurt my back in 2008 and my surgeon butchered me!!!! The sad part about all this is that physicians are now afraid to help patients like me that truly need it.......so most people in my situation end up seeking out illegal ways to manage their pain WITHOUT medical supervision.......does that seem backwards to anyone besides me??????? It's too bad that the addicts have had to ruin it for the MILLIONS of honest to goodness pain patients and the doctors that TRY to do their jobs and help their patients....how does anyone in the FDA know better than my physicians the specifics of my condition, things we have tried that have both succeeded and failed and what actually helps??? Is it too much that I would like to be able to get out of bed to use the restroom??? I did NOT ask to have this happen to me when I was 34......I think it's terrible that honest pain patients like myself are being punished because of the people who abuse the system!! (FYI-I worked in health care for years and was always taught that if someone tells you he/she is hurting, you MUST believe them because for all of the "seekers" there are people who really ARE hurting and why should they have to be punished for someone elses behavior????) Truly, all of this BS is NOT hurting the seekers......they will ALWAYS find a way to get what they want.......THIS is hurting good Dr's and honest pain patients-period!!
Stop making it more difficult for people with legitimate prescriptions to get their pain medications. Instead make it more difficult for people abusing drugs to get the prescriptions in the first place. It's riduculous that you are punishing ill people because of the people abusing drugs. We have nothing to do with drug abusers and it's offensive and insulting that you classify us as abusers (by making more hoops for us to jump through to get our prescriptions) because we have madical conditions.
My husband has CRPS also know as the suicide disease. He has to suffer everyday because doctors are afraid to prescribe the meds he needs to have a decent quality of life. After surviving cancer in 2009 he says the cancer was a piece of cake because it was not as painful as this wretched disease. So he suffers, and I suffer as his caretaker, and all other patients who need pain meds to function now have to suffer because of the drug seekers. I wish the DEA could live one day as he does. The druggies will still get their meds though, you can count on that. So not right!
I am a chronic pain patient and this is flat out torture. It is against the constitution to discriminate against me based on disability (Americans with Disabilities Act) and demand urine tests, pill counts and other methods of treating me like a convicted criminal/drug abuser.
I have had cancer twice please don't take my pain meds away. Can't stand the pain as it is :(
I've had chronic pancreatitis for over 10 yrs. now, its a VERY painful disease. I am in pain so often that I haven't been able to work for several years. If my pain meds were taken away I couldn't keep up with daily functions like taking care of my cat, home and family.
I have never used illegal drugs or had much reason to use prescription pain killers. Now I find myself with two chronic conditions with no cure that cause terrible pain. Doctors are unwilling to prescribe pain medication due to this asinine attack on patients and doctors. Something has got to give! We need treatment!
This is not about public safety; this is about the DEA maintaining relevance in a society that is tired of their very existence.
The DEA needs a new class of drug "addicts" in order to justify their existence. Get rid of the DEA. They are not doctors, they are a corrupt and obsolete organization.
This has become a VERY SERIOUS ISSUE! Its serious not only for the very valid reasons in this Petition, but the fact alone that there are more senior citizens in this country than ever before because of the "baby boomer" generation aging now, it stands to reason that there would be an INCREASED need for QUALITY OF LIFE pain relief, NOT A DECREASE ! Are these people nuts? My beloved Mother had an undiagnosed illness for many years that she suffered terribly with. All she wanted to do was sleep, so she didn't feel the pain...how can you sleep or have ANY QUALITY OF LIFE under those circumstances? She didn't and spent her remaining years in debilitating pain before passing to God's heavenly kingdom. I also suffer from chronic pain & I, too, understand how it feels to not even want to lift your head in the morning. What everyone who's had this happen, knows what it feels like to cry all day long some days, then go to the doctor & either be made to feel like a "druggie" or be outright refused an appt at all if u even use the word "pain". The pharmacies are also heartless & sometimes downright cruel. They make us fell like criminals, instead of the legitimately sick people we are. What happened to the words compassionate and caring in medicine. THAT should be the FIRST thing med students & pharmacists, technicians, etc should be taught!!! The DEA is out of vitriol! Think they're stopping the illegal users? No way!! They're just making people who are legitimate patients with a legitimate need suffer more!! DOCTORS SHOULD BE TREATING PATIENTS, NOT DEA AGENTS
As a suffer of chronic pain and cancer I find this move ridiculous.
I had a wonderful life of normalcy until one evening driving home, I was broadsided by a drunk driver at hi speed. From that moment of impact, my life has never been the same! I won't go into every single diagnosis & complication, I'll just say my injuries left me disabled. Initially, I tried conservative treatments like Physical Therapy & Vax-D, to Injections & multiple surgeries, along with being on several different types of medication (both narcotic & non-narcotic). I have lived every single, solitary day of my life since that accident, in pain! But finally, once I was put on the right combination of medication (& yes they are Opioids,) it provided me with enough pain relief so that I could function again, even though it was still at a limited level, it brings back some of the normalcy that you lost in your life!!! You feel like for once, you have some control over your life again instead of the pain controlling every aspect of your life! When your pain is well controlled, you can actually wake-up & plan to accomplish something that day!! You can actually schedule a few things again, instead of never being able to commit to anything because you don't know that you'll be able to get out of bed that day?? It gives you back some self-worth. My accident has cost me SO MUCH: my career, my ability to earn a significant paycheck, my credit (Bankruptcy), my relationship. That's what the Gov't. Agencies (DEA) & PROP Groups don't understand! When you have to live with disabling pain every single day, there are enough challenges without having to fight for something we should be entitled to in the first place!!!! We should be entitled to the proper treatment or medication which can make an enormous difference in the life of a chronic pain patient, (without debate!) All chronic pain patients should be entitled to: 1). Drs. Willing To accept & Treat chronic pain patients. Many of us cannot even find a Dr. willing to care for us! ! We are turned away time & again as soon as you say "chronic pain." 2.). A Dr compassionate about the struggles of living with chronic pain & cares about whether his patient has any "quality of life" remaining. 2). Your Dr. should have the ability to treat you in accordance with your diagnosis', medical history, pain etc...without any fear of repercussions!! 3). We as patients, deserve to be treated with respect & dignity espec. from medical/pharmacy staff. We don't deserve to be treated as a drug addict & embarrassed in front of other people! 4). As as patient, we should have reasonably easy access to filling prescribed medication. 5). A pharmacist should NOT be able to override a physician's prescription; verify yes, override no!! 5). A good "Support Sytem" is also very important!
The life of a chronic pain patient.
I am a victim who can no longer get relief for my chronic pain. My only crime is to have been hurt in the line of duty as a U S Marine.
i just went to my pain mgmt. dr.'s office and was told that the dea is "cracking down" and making them cut my pain medication dose to less than half. i have had brain surgery, from that i started to get sinus infections and developed chronic sinusitis and severe headaches. i had had two pneumo thorax's on the right side, copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema with pain in the right lung. to add insult to injury, i had knee surgery in both knees, i also have multiple herniated discs in both my neck and back with degeneration, and spinal stenosis. there is no cure for emphysema,i used to get epidural injections for my neck and back. because i take steriods (prednisone) for my emphysema i can no longer get epidurals. and i don't go out unless i go to the doctor's. in spite of it all even though i have all these problems, i try to stay upbeat. but now i've been told that my medications have to be cut by less than half the dose, and i've been on this dose for about 12 yrs.
i don't sleep as it is, i can't even imagine how i'm going to feel - i hardly have quality of life now. but now i don't imagine i'll have life at all - i've never asked for an increase of the dose i've been on all these yrs., i'm a senior citizen, and i'm being treated like a criminal because of all the people who do abuse these drugs, and people with severe pain ityare supposed to suffer. not only will what little quality of life i have be taken away, so will my desire for life at all be taken as well.
another pain sufferer from new york
I am an American Citizen who suffers from chronic pain, why can't I have my pain medication? Now I have to go to the doctors every 30 days and pay more co-pays. Why do good law abiding citizens always get punished for the wrong doings of others? If you truly cared then why are the drug addicts aloud to smoke pot legally, alcohol is legal, illegals get free medical care, food stamps etc. You say people die from overdose, well people die from alcohol but I don't see you doing anything about that and now you have legalized pot, HYPOCRITES
The pain I go through daily is only lessened by the opiates I have used for almost a decade. And then, it is only enough to reduce the pain about 1/3, which is far more tolerable, except on bad days. My doctor's excuse for not increasing and/or changing my dosages and medications for almost FIVE years now (even though I have increased pain AND tolerance to the drug), was "the DEA is really cracking down on us." There was no discussion, just an IMMEDIATE "NOPE!" This makes me feel like a statistic, instead of a patient who needs treatment for chronic pain! All I wanted was to change my typical prescription for a different medication for a month or two, so that tolerance to my regular medication was decreased. No discussion, just NO! The DEA really has no compassion! Not to mention, I had to go to THREE pharmacies in order to find one with my medication in stock! I've always been good, no dirty urines, etc. but they don't want to actually treat their patients' pain and treat each like an individual. Makes me so sad and distressed because I've been going to the same doctor for 19 years (half my life!) so it's not like I doctor shop!
Something is very wrong with health care and I think we all know it. I have chronic pain, ptsd and depression for the past 8 months I have tried to talk to my pain management about increasing pain radiating to my legs. I was advised to go to ER as they only took care of my back and neck. ER was frustrated and they kept sending me back to pain management. I didn't have a primary as no one in area was accepting new patients. I was told that my condition was untreatable because of my insurance-medicare and Medicaid. long story short, they dismissed me as patient. Since then I have been going from dr. to dr. trying to find help for pain management as well as depression and ptsd. I have no history of drug abuse, have passed every urine test and blood test don't even drink alcohol. Doctors complain about being afraid to write pain med prescriptions and also admit freely that they know I am in a lot of pain. They ignore my depression and ptsd. Finally this primary prescribed blood pressure meds when for months it has been stroke zone. I am desperate for help don't know where to turn or who to complain to..now I have decided to hand doctors a written report of my medical complaints when I visit them so they become part of the record. I will keep a record in case they disappear or don't appear on my medical records. because I live in a senior/disabled building I see how many people are treated exactly the same way. we don't feel we have any power or control and that the doctors do not care. currently on a very limited income I have to travel 1 1/2 hours to see a primary and he will only write prescription for 12-15 days. I can't get medical trans because he is a primary and in a different county and because of sciatica pain down my leg I have great difficulty driving. We are being treated inhumanely and in then process of forming a group to lobby our representatives who are not currently representing us. please contact me if readers want to join us in flash mobs, petition drives and protest marches as well as lobbying to congressmen and senators.etc. 315.767.2702 I have sciatia, degenerative disc disease, spondys spondylosis, stenosis, a fracture l5 s1 w nerve compression, multiple herniations I have had cervical anterior disc and fusion. c5/6. I have a bachelors degree in sociology and was substitute teaching. I have no quality of life now am hopeless .
I was going to Dr. Webb on 1st and 7th Ave over top of BB&t Bank. A Phyciastrist, where he was prescribing me Oxycodone 30, Valium 10 and I started having seizures and he told me not to go to my family Dr. That he would take care of my seizures, yet he is not an M D and not qualified to do so but he did. Well the last month I was there I had a pill count in which 81 1/2 were there, his assistant Annette followed me to the bathroom for the urine test and we were not allowed to take our purse in, well she left the bathroom and the building for the day and I came out of the bathroom looking for my keys but noticed that my pills were gone. She stole them all. I had not left the office yet and I told them, emptied my purse and told them I would strip for them because I didn't have my pills she (Annette) stole them but know I didn't have them they took her word for that the next day . I waited on Dr. Webb to leave and his words was "that's ********" and they dismissed me from practice. Now you tell me if a Dr. That never speaks a word to you except " is your pills doing ok" as he is writing them and sliding them over to you. Do you think that is a Dr. Or a pill mill and he needs shut down. He gets people started on this then cuts them off and kills them. I think he needs shut down but he is not afraid of the DEA. He thinks he is untouchable.
WITHOUT MY MEDICATION IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SIT OR STAND FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME.I HAVE SEVERE DEGENERATION OF RHE SPINE AND KNEES.WHEMN I SIT FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME I EXPERIENCE SEVERE PAIN IN MY KNEES AND DOWN THE BACK OF BOTH LEGS.I ALSO HAD NECK SURGERY FOR COMPRESSED DISC WHICH CAUSEDPERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE THAT CAUSES PAIN IN MY LEFT ARM. MY DOCTOR REJECT MY REFILL OF HYDROCODONE AND DID NOT PRESCRIBE ANYTHING TO REPLACE IT. SO WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO.
it's time to march...if we can stand up long enough...against lawmakers who have made our lives a living hell .
Doctors need to be held accountable for basically being too lazy and lacking the compassion so desperately needed by chronic pain suffers. Many of whom are not addicts bit dependent on opiates much like an asthmatic is dependent but not addicted to their inhaler ...
I am a 23 year old young mother and recently I was forced out of my pain management clinic on what I believe is unjust cause. The doctor I saw refused to treat me for the pain intensifying that was his responsibility to treat. Instead of doing that, he had his nurse tell me rudely that Tylenol should help, and to go to the ER. I followed their advice and went to the ER. And by them telling me that I assumed they had to have known that the ER would treat the pain that was HIS responsbility to take care of. I was released from his practice for going to the ER after his nurse told me to do that! And now? My Family medicine doctor has stopped prescribing me other medications that I was on for insomnia because of this doctor releasing me. When are the doctors going to start to treating patients better? Just because I'm young and have painful back conditions doesn't mean I am a drug seeker or junkie! It is cruel and unfair how I am now labeled this way because of that doctor not following the guidelines of his care for me as his patient. He knew that my pain got worse in March and April of 2014 and he ignored it. And then kicked me out of his practice when he saw I went to the ER under his nurses directions. Are we ever going to get correct care or is the medical system going to turn out to be just as bad as the Governement is lately? Doctors, nurses, and every medical career field person has taken that Hippocratic Oath of "First I shall do no harm." I have to say that I'm certain the man himself who first wrote those words is likely watching the men and women who are healthcare providers now and shaking his head because all health care providers do now is harm. They scruntinize us for every single little thing and the moment that we MENTION a drugs name? Oh no, she has to be a druggie just because she has paid attention to the medicines she has been given in the past that work? THAT is absurd.
The medical field has become so obsessed with stopping medication abuse that they've lost their primary focus - treating patients. Denying appropriate treatment to those in pain isn't going to stop those who are using drugs for recreational use. The only thing it's doing is preventing people in pain from living their lives. Many people who are disabled by pain could be contributing members of society if adequately treated. The number of suicides in the chronic pain population are significantly higher than the healthy population. Denying treatment, under treating pain and making it more difficult to get treatment will only increase this number. It's incredibly hard to live a life in constant pain - for many of us it's debilitating enough that we cannot work, hold down relationships, or even do simple everyday tasks. Add to that the stress & work needed to find a doctor willing to treat pain and a pharmacy willing to dispense our medication and it becomes nearly impossible. Pain patients have done nothing wrong, so why are we being victimized?
Pam Bondi's policies have humiliated thousands of people like me who have a legitimate need for long term pain management in Florida. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it's getting tougher for people in need to get the medication they need just to reach a minimum quality of life. Like my doctor says: I'll never be able to take away your pain completely, but I think we can get you to a reasonable level of pain you can live with. That's all we want - a reasonable quality of life. If we are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, people like Pam Bondi are doing their best to take away all three from those of us bound in the miserable chains of chronic pain. That's no life. It's an existence that affects not only patient but the patient's loved ones. Please don't forget about us.
Everyone should have access to relieve their pain. If the technology provides for pain relief, those who need it should not be scrutinized for it
Many, many chronic pain patients including myself have signed this petition. Why are we suffering needlessly? Do you know me? Do you know my history? Do you care? All you have done with this ******** law now is supporting the drug cartel even more, but then again that has been going on for a long, long, long time. Why don't you start working on the real issues in America like, WAR! Karma always comes back! Watch out now.
I have Lupus with chronic severe RA PAIN. Doctors have prescribed me so many different kind of drugs that do not help and have so many different side effects that cause more problems for me. I am 51 with 3 kids and I can not be a normal functioning parent for them. My Doctor refuses to continue prescribing me my roxicodone any longer which helps me very much and does not have the acetaminophen that causes many problems that I don't need
I was taking them as prescribed not abusing them. And just because several other people abused them or sold them I have to suffer the consequences and pain for the rest of my life. Its not fair why must I be punished because a few bad apples and the rest of the chronic pain patients have to suffer it's very hard to live like this not being able to function like everyone else. Suicide has crossed my mind several times this is so unfair.I cannot believe I live in the United States of America, I am ashamed of our government.
This is really gonna suck from going on paying every 3 months for my norco's to now every month in which I always hit my gap ooverage at this time of the year & its a lot easier by paying the last 3 months for my norco's but now I am gonna find out what its gonna cost monthly when I go get my one month supply on Oct. 6th as I already pay enough being in the gap part of $320 bucks a month but thats gonna go up w/ my norco's being a monthly bill & being on SSD income its not like I get a******load of cash, its just enough, wish I would of kepted my SSD payout in 2011 of $93500 in back pay to move out of this country just sickening..........
This action will surely leave so many individuals such as myself in intense, overbearing pain, which has been considerably relieved over the years with 30 mg p/d of Hydrocodone. Well, FDA, are you proud of your misguided efforts to fight a drug war that was caused by ABUSERS, not careful, responsible, necessary users? Your actions are muddled by warped, misguided govermental rules to punish the already health compromised individuals! I'd fear to have your karma for your cruel deed!
There is a HUGE difference between the misuse of chemical substances for the purpose of altering one's mood/getting high and the responsible use of pain medications for the purpose of reducing suffering and improving quality of life for those of us legitimately afflicted with 24/7 debilitating chronic pain!
Please leave treatment between me and my doctor.
I had to find another Dr. As my insurance changed from Humana to Medicaid and because I have a pain management Dr. (MIND YOU, THE DAY BEFORE THE SET APPOINTMENT from 2 weeks prior) Dr.Jamie Pollock office called me and said they thought it would be better if I go to a Clinic because I have 1) a pain management Dr. and 2) I have Medicaid. I CLEARLY STATED THAT I NEEDED A BASIC MAINTENANCE
DR. AND Not a Dr. To write pain medicines. MY HUSBAND DOES NOT have a pain management Dr. but she clearly stated you and your Husband.
People in pain shouldn't be treated like junkies looking for a fix. It's well known that pain is undertreated in this country. To be in pain and then be treated badly by medical professionals is just insult added to injury.
Doctor was Dr. Nets
Age 7 I was roller skating some one tripped me, I flew through the air and broke my right ankle I had to wait for swelling to go down before a cast could be put on my right ankle. my right ankle started healing before the cast could be put on. Dr. Nets had to put me under and re-break my right ankle and you set it right.

Shortly after my parents sent me to school with me in the cast and walking in crutches. I fell again and re-broke my right ankle. It was set into a cast right away. My right ankle was never the same.

Age 8 a boulder rolled over my left foot broke my foot and smashed my toes was wired together toenails were sewen back on. A few years later the wires started coming out my left foot. I was put under again the wires were taken out. My foot has never been the same.

Age 10 I was skate boarding fell and broke my left ankle it did the same as the right ankle as far as healing before the swelling went down again I was put under that left ankle was set and a cast was put on. My left ankle was never the same.

Age 17 I lived in Hudson New York was driving to Syracuse New York 1:00 AM mid January freezing cold a drunk hit me head on I was unable to see him because he did not have his head lights on. He hit me head on I took out a power line pole and hit a old oak tree the engine came in on me and cut my right knee and left me off the doctors said it was only hanging on by skin on the back of my legs. I do remember the police and the ambulance workers asking me how I got out of the car and how I was able to stand. I don't remember anything from that car accident. I was in a coma for three months. After I came out of the coma the doctor told me they lost me on the table due to great amount of loss of blood, they gave me three blood transfusions. The healing of my legs was excruciating pain but I did heal. I was not given any pain pills that was a very painful incident...

1993 I was driving in Denver Colorado south on Colorado Boulevard some one was talking on a cell phone. I was stopped because the traffic was stopped in front of me. I was hit so hard my car hit the car in front of me, the car in front of me hit the car in front of him. I broke some vertebrates in my back S1 to L4 had three surgeries for that incidents. It took a year to get better.

1995 was at work driving a dump truck was guiding a person using a backhoe to Guide a 1 ton concrete block to staff in the yard for the company ready mix she jerked smashed my left hand I hold my glove off and three fingers were left in the glove my fingers were attached by wires and pins. The pain was so excruciating that they had to numb my hand because pain pills would not work. My hand is not the same.

1999 I was helping my husband do a electric car window something snapped came down cut my left pointer finger off like a chicken bone right where it's bends.. I was again in very excruciating pain. At the same time this cut the tendon that would clear up i
I can't sleep because of debilitating pain. I have never had a ticket, been arrested, drug trafficking, and these doctors think it is a joke. IT IS NOT A JOKE! I WANT TO COMMIT SUICIDE AFTER I PUT MY SERVICE DOG DOWN. I LAY IN BED ALL NIGHT CRYING THEN HE GETS UP AND LAY ON THE COUCH CRYING. MY SERVICE DOG IS NOT HAPPY, LIKE SHE USED TO BE. I WOULD EVEN KNOW WHERE TO OR HOW SHOE KIDS ILLEGAL DRUGS TO HAVE SOME SOURCE OF LIFE. THE LIFE I HAVE NOW IS NOT ALL I THINK ABOUT IS SUICIDE AFTER I GET ANYBODY WHO HAS WRONGED ME.
Doctor was Dr. Nets
Age 7 I was roller skating some one tripped me, I flew through the air and broke my right ankle I had to wait for swelling to go down before a cast could be put on my right ankle. my right ankle started healing before the cast could be put on. Dr. Nets had to put me under and re-break my right ankle and you set it right.

Shortly after my parents sent me to school with me in the cast and walking in crutches. I fell again and re-broke my right ankle. It was set into a cast right away. My right ankle was never the same.

Age 8 a boulder rolled over my left foot broke my foot and smashed my toes was wired together toenails were sewen back on. A few years later the wires started coming out my left foot. I was put under again the wires were taken out. My foot has never been the same.

Age 10 I was skate boarding fell and broke my left ankle it did the same as the right ankle as far as healing before the swelling went down again I was put under that left ankle was set and a cast was put on. My left ankle was never the same.

Age 17 I lived in Hudson New York was driving to Syracuse New York 1:00 AM mid January freezing cold a drunk hit me head on I was unable to see him because he did not have his head lights on. He hit me head on I took out a power line pole and hit a old oak tree the engine came in on me and cut my right knee and left me off the doctors said it was only hanging on by skin on the back of my legs. I do remember the police and the ambulance workers asking me how I got out of the car and how I was able to stand. I don't remember anything from that car accident. I was in a coma for three months. After I came out of the coma the doctor told me they lost me on the table due to great amount of loss of blood, they gave me three blood transfusions. The healing of my legs was excruciating pain but I did heal. I was not given any pain pills that was a very painful incident...

1993 I was driving in Denver Colorado south on Colorado Boulevard some one was talking on a cell phone. I was stopped because the traffic was stopped in front of me. I was hit so hard my car hit the car in front of me, the car in front of me hit the car in front of him. I broke some vertebrates in my back S1 to L4 had three surgeries for that incidents. It took a year to get better.

1995 was at work driving a dump truck was guiding a person using a backhoe to Guide a 1 ton concrete block to staff in the yard for the compan
I know what it's like to consider taking an overdose of my heart meds because I cannot tolerate the suffering I go thru. I have no help from the medical community anymore. I know what it's like to consider buying illegal drugs because I am going out of my mind with severe pain. My life is destroyed at 52 yrs old. It is a HORRIBLE WAY TO LIVE, if you can call it living. PLEASE HELP US. People need help with the management of their on-going pain. It ISN'T RIGHT to make people suffer to the point that they want to commit suicide. My God, I do not deserve this, nobody does.
I resent the problems involved with this subject. I am in my 70's and have had chronic back, neck and shoulder pain for many years. My doctor's prescription is always a problem being refilled even though I have been a patient for more than twenty years and he knows me very well as does my pharmacist...
These drs. Take an oath to help not hurt, the government needs to be held accountable as well, they play the larger role and have finally come between patient and dr. Unless you have been in chronic pain, you cannot relate. I watch my 87 y/o father in law, 4 total hip surgerys, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and pain. His 40 year relationship with his PCP is strainded because he refuses to RX ULTRAM aka, tramadol, a non opiate, but acts like an opiate. One pill a day controls this old mans pain, yet still cannot get it. Our society and government are not looking out for our old people, am I in the US, or another country!
I am a very intelligent and outgoing person who had a wonderful childhood and had so many dreams for the future... Then I developed a horrid disease (won't go into what for time sakes) in which multiple brain surgeries were preformed and one was botched which made things much worse and required many more surgeries and more metal in my head to fix. I have had to drop out of college, haven't been able to work a single day since I was 18 and have no social life at all anymore after being able to do little more than sit in my apartment in terrible pain. Thank God for animals, books and music. Throughout this whole time I have had to suffer much more pain than necessary (while worrying and panicking like crazy) due to the DEA's incursion into medicine and their idea that Doctors are drug dealers and pain patients are addicts. Everyday of my life I suffer horribly and with the direction things are going I may simply have to flee this country (if not flee this life) and look for a country that actually respects the civil and human rights of those with painful medical problems. God Bless all others with pain. We never asked nor wanted this, please don't treat us this way... God Bless all those with horrid intractable pain and disease.
In January 2014 I had to stop working as my pain level no longer allowed me to. I have a twisted scoliatic spine, 5 lumbar/thoracic disks, 2 large bone spurs, bilateral sciatica, spinal stenosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis etc., etc. Severe osteoporosis complicates it all.
I kept working pt through an AARP program in nonprofit and government until a car crash in 12/13 finished a partial rotator cuff tear, making it a complete one, tearing another and further injuring my spine. That was about the time Florida entered into the DEA'S "watchdog" system, which had every legitimate physician, patient and pharmacy scared to death of going to jail for exceeding their allotted amount by even one pill.
Until that time, I was able to work and to help and provide services to many in more pain than myself.
Now because of the fear, rising costs and limited availability, I usually drive up to 250 miles to fill just one of my two prescriptions every month, am treated like a drug dealer (at 65 old with white hair and walking with cuff crutches).
My Dr., bless him states that the USA is one of the rare 'Opioid Phobic nations' completely blinded by how many lives these medicines can prevent suffering and create a positive outlook for many individuals.
Thank you for your time. As a post script I would like to add that what our government has done is dramatically increase the sales and use of street drugs, especially heroin, which has climbed 13% since 2012 in my area. It is cheap, readily available and dangerously potent.

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